Each individual’s success may be defined differently, but most everyone can agree that is takes thoughtful planning and effort to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Here are 8 habits that offer efficiency in the quest to succeed.
- It’s such a cliché, I know, but it’s true: you’ll need to get comfortable being uncomfortable. The good news is, just as we strengthen our muscles with fitness, thereby raising the threshold of our physical ability, so will you increase your ability to be uncomfortable in situations that are foreign or when you need to do something you don’t want to do. I had a Kettlebell Sport coach who sat near me while I did a long lifting set in preparation for a competition. With one minute remaining to complete the task, I was breathing heavily, struggling and very much wanting to put the bell down, letting the set be over and enjoying sweet relief. But at that moment he spoke loud and clear, saying only, “This is necessary…”. Yes, this struggle was necessary in order to win on the competition platform. Keep this in mind when you’re doing something you’re not enjoying, this is necessary.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help, feedback, guidance on your path. See Aladdin Factor. It’s important to be able to discuss your ideas with others who have been in your position or have had similar goals.
- Focus. The act of multitasking has been shown to decrease productivity. You’ll get more done by finishing one task at time
- Accept the fact that failure comes with trying. Failure is the best way to learn, so embrace it and move on. As Charles Schultz wrote in Peanuts-
“Lucy: You learn more when you lose.
Charlie Brown: Well then I must be the smartest person in world!!!”
- Put the past in the past. Your past does not dictate your present, or you future. The past is over, learn, grow and keeping looking forward.
- Share your time with positive and insightful people who believe in you. Sometimes this requires weeding out or reducing the time spent with friends or acquaintances that offer little in return.
- Take care of yourself. Take care of your mind, striving for mental clarity as opposed to internal conflict. Care for your soul with meditation, good sleep, and laughter. Nurture your body with proper nutrition, workouts, and again, quality sleep!
- Remember to be grateful for all things, large and small. Individuals who choose to be grateful are less stressed, healthier, and happier. Be grateful for all you have, for all you are, and for all you have to offer.